Course Structure

The programme is delivered by experienced practicing Performing Arts professionals and academics, all of whom have a wide range of skills and relevant industry experience in TV, Film and Theatre. For example, working with ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Sky, The Bolton Octagon, The Royal Exchange in Manchester and The Lawrence Batley in Huddersfield.

The programme encompasses a broad range of learning and teaching opportunities in Performing Arts, including conceptual, technical and commercial areas.

The programme builds on your previous learning and experience, giving you the opportunity to produce work of a professional standard within your Performing Arts specialism.

The programme prepares you for the reality of a challenging and competitive industry. It gives you a range of experiences and roles to fully prepare you for a portfolio career in the Performing Arts. Roles such as; workshop leading, writing, accounting, directing, producing, media production and promotion.

The department has significant partnerships with local venues, companies and organisations to ensure that professional experience is embedded within your programme.

Students will be given the opportunity to participate in projects with the Performing Arts Graduate Theatre Company, offering a bridge into the industry.

The programme provides the opportunity to work collaboratively across different disciplines, creating a professional and vocational experience. For example, this could include music students, as part of the annual Christmas Musical and Film, Media and Media Make-up students on film projects.

Students in their final year will perform in a ‘Showcase' which they plan and organise and invite industry professionals. This potentially gives students the opportunity to meet and perform in front of agents and casting directors as well as other industry contacts, possibly in an external venue.

The College was the first FE/HE provider to be a Lead Associate school of The Royal Shakespeare Company which gives students the opportunity to work directly with the RSC and be involved in their projects and workshops and even deliver their content.

The department is fully equipped with industry standard equipment and facilities including two performance spaces. Both the Lister drama studio and The Spinning Shed Theatre space are equipped with a full lighting rig and PA.

Modules Covered

Students choose one of two optional Specialist Units in semester one, Acting or Musical Theatre; this determines the route they are taking on the programme.

The optional units are assessed against a Musical Theatre Production and an Acting Performance, depending on the route chosen.

Modules Covered :

  • Creative Industries Context
  • Teaching in the Creative Arts
  • Specialist Skill 1 (Acting)
  • Specialist Skill 1 (Musical Theatre)
  • Performance Project 1
  • Media Performance
  • Creative Industries Professional Practice and Entrepreneurship
  • Work-based Experience
  • Content Creation
  • Performance Project 2
  • Specialist Skill 1 2 (Acting)
  • Specialist Skill 1 2 (Musical Theatre)


You will develop the skills to equip you to be a working professional in your chosen area of The Performing Arts, such as acting, musical theatre, education or directing.

Learning Methods

The course encourages your learning through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, rehearsals, blogs and journals, group discussion, collaborative learning and peer assessment.

The course is vocational and as a result practical work will be intensive. However, there is also a need to prepare for these classes with research, text analysis, practice and preparation for rehearsal. This will be done both in theory classes and by students in their own time in-between sessions.

Much of the learning in class is supported by considerable research, reflection and evaluation away from class. The course requires considerable stamina and continued application.

The Work-Based experience unit will see you work with an external employer or with our graduate production company to produce a commission. This gives students a vital grounding in the reality of working in the performing arts industry. There will be a work placement (40 hours minimum) and this could be over a number of weeks, as part of day release, or in a block. Examples of placement opportunities include a runner on a TV set, an actor with the Graduate Company, an assistant director with at a theatre or a writer with a production company.

As part of the Teaching in the Creative Arts module you will be required to undertake some teaching practice. The minimum requirement is 30 hours and this could be over a number of weeks, partial day release or in a block.

The course emphasises the synthesis between theory and practice, therefore private study (research, reading, essay writing, etc.) is critical to your learning. However there is also practical work, some of which will be tutor led and some of which will be undertaken in your own time.


The format of the work submitted could be in the form of an essay, presentation, performance, vlog, blog, viva voce or portfolio. Across the programme a range of assessment formats will be utilised that will reflect the nature of the unit (theory or practical) and to account for different learning styles.

There will be collaborative work with students from your programme and from other areas of the School. The assessment methods for these projects will be in the form of a finished piece of work that is of a professional standard. This could be in the form of a collaborative performance with an accompanying vlog, a recorded performance or live show.

Critical reflection forms a major part of the assessment for all the modules, with the development of portfolios, viva voces, blogs and vlogs providing much of the evidence for your reflection of learning and development.

This project based work allows for formative assessment to be ongoing throughout a module. Your tutors will maintain close contact with you throughout these projects, giving evidence for both formative and summative assessment whilst the module progresses

Did You Know?

Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to work with the RSC.

  • Develop skills for the stage, screen
  • Learn how to produce your own work
  • Learn how to deliver drama and acting workshops and classes. 

You can choose a Musical Theatre or Acting route through the programme allowing you to specialise.

We are currently the ONLY HE Provider that is a Lead Associate School for The Royal Shakespeare Company, giving our students the opportunity to work with the world-renowned company.

Additional Costs

You will need a DBS check in order for you to complete the teaching unit.

Please see below a list of additional course costs:

  • Equipment:£300 Maximum (optional cost)
  • Trips/visits to exhibitions etc.:£500 Maximum (optional cost)
  • Placement expenditure including travel: £100 (optional cost)
  • Other (DBS check):(optional cost) - currently £44 (£40 wef 1/10/19)

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
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Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification